Quinton, Sasha. Illustrated by Brigette Barrager with photographs by Michel Tcherevkoff. Florabelle. Harper, 2015. $15.99. ISBN 978-0-06-229182-0. Unp. Ages 4-8. P9/Q9
The end papers are beautiful with pictures of flowers and leaves shaped into fish and jelly fish. The pages are filled with actual pictures of flowers woven into drawings that help tell the story of Florabelle. Florabelle was always dreaming of being a fairy, queen, rodeo queen, etc. Her family was losing patience with her because they were always waiting for her while she was busy day dreaming. She told them that tomorrow she will be very serious. They went to the beach to swim but Florabelle wouldn’t get in because her imagination was going wild with all of the sea creatures in the big scary ocean. Suddenly she had an idea. She dreamed of being a beautiful mermaid and finally joined her family swimming in the ocean. The pages are beautiful and the artist’s renderings of Florabelle’s imaginings make them sparkle.
December 2015 review by Melinda Dye.